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Woodfuel energy supply to rural India : problems & perspectives

Baidya, Kedar N 1983 , 'Woodfuel energy supply to rural India : problems & perspectives', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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India, in the present time, is passing through an acute shortage
of fuelwood in the rural sector where three quarters of her population
live. To solve this "Second Energy Crisis" of India, there have
evolved several technical solutions of which the rural energy plantation
or the Social Forestry Plantation Programme is the most important
one. Various physical, financial and technical constraints related
to these programmes can be solved by technical or scientific means.
But the real issues of the problem lie deeper, enmeshed in the Indian
social system which is highly complex in nature.
There are enormous temptations to tackle the solution of the
problem through technical means, but this is only a partial remedy.
What is more important is the forming of policy and its implementation
through administrative mechanisms. This is because any attempts to
apply only technical innovation in the existing unequal society of
India have always resulted in failure. In spite of increased production
of food grains through the "green revolution", the poorer sections
are still starving - because they have no access to these food grains.
Similarly, through technical means, there will be enormous generation
of fuelwood resources - but that does not guarantee that the poor
will have it. What is needed is a radical approach to evolve good
policy through which the "poorest of the poor" will have access to
this resource. Until that is done, rural India's energy problem
will remain as it is.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Baidya, Kedar N
Keywords: Fuelwood, Fuelwood gatherers, Deforestation
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Thesis (M. Env. St.) - University of Tasmania, 1984. Bibliography: leaves 97 - 104

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